Scotland is a very popular place to migrate to internationally
Almost as many people migrate away from Scotland as migrate to it. Many migrants are economic from within EU and ebb and flow as economic situations dictate. International students come to our great educational institutes then leave again. The birth rates decreasing and the life expectancy is going up so the tax paying workforce are decreasing. The industries many work in are foreign owned and from outwith the EU so of course they use scotland as an EU base but post independence EU membership is not guaranteed so said industries will shift. Those industries that are home grown need to be members of trading blocks, UK membership has developed many scottish household names etc.
Tourists want to come here for two week holidays which is a good boost to the economy but how many imigrants illegal or legal if given the choice between Scotland and SE England will put us at number 1.
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"There are grounds for believing that Scotland is ‘different’ from the rest of the UK in terms of
migration patterns and in relation to public attitudes towards immigration."
"Scotland has a more tolerant view
of migration than elsewhere in the UK."
"In a reversal of historic trends, Scotland has in every year over the past decade gained more people
than it has lost through internal migration"
"Scotland has a low immigrant population compared to many other parts of the UK"
"The general public in Scotland is less opposed to immigration than is the case in many other parts
of the UK"
"Unlike the UK as a whole, Scotland
has traditionally lost more people than
it has gained from migration. Figure 1
demonstrates that over the past decade
this trend has ceased with the country
experiencing annual net gains from
"As Figure 2 shows, since 2000-1
Scotland has consistently experienced net
gains through internal migration."
"Not only is Scotland distinct in terms
of having a relatively small immigrant
population and being reliant on migration
for population growth but the Scottish public
may be less hostile to immigration than is
the case in many other parts of the UK. As
is shown in Figure 6, residents of Scotland
are less likely to identify immigration as a
key concern than residents of most other
parts of Britain. Further analysis of the
British Social Attitudes Survey (not shown
here) finds that residents of Scotland are
less likely to describe themselves as ‘very
or a little prejudiced against people from
other races’ than is the case in Great Britain
generally (24% and 30% respectively) and
are slightly less inclined to agree with the
statement that ‘ethnic minorities take jobs
away from other people in Britain’ (36%
and 39% respectively). This finding is
significant for policymakers in promoting
Scotland as being more ‘open’ towards
immigrants than elsewhere."
(http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/cpcbriefi ... -26550.pdf
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